There are places that keep you returning to and you can hardly ever guess what the reason is. Novigrad, on the shores of Novigrad sea is one of those places. Is it for the iconic view from the road above it? Maybe the maze of narrow streets and old traditional houses or the history of this, once important small town? No matter what it is, it is always interesting to go back.
The view did not change much from the old days:
History of Novigrad is quite interesting. Especially the history during the medieval times and later, with Turks occupying the area. The fortress on the hill was even a prison for Hungarian queen Elisabeth (actually of Bosnian origin) and she was strangled there in the first days of January 1387. as a result of fierce civil war that raged in Croatia and Hungary at he time.
Novigrad had big walls surrounding it with 9 defensive towers but only remains are visible today. The walls were knocked down in the 19th century as in the rest of Dalmatia after the centuries of fighting with all sorts of enemies.
Interesting curiosity about Novigrad is that it is believed that it is the most authentic originally Croatian town/village on the coast! All other towns and cities suffered long years/centuries of being under Turkish rule and thus with changed demographics we cannot discuss the original Croatian inhabitants as many people moved in from Bosnia and other parts of the Balkan. Novigrad, on the other hand, was only briefly held by the Turks and people returned.
Today, Novigrad is a very quaint little town… The Novigrad sea is abundant in fish and shellfish, which is why Novigrad fishermen are well known in the area. In the past, tuna was very regular in these waters and even recently we had a small whale visiting!
Also, Novigrad suffered numerous bombing attacked in the war in the 90s ruining quite a few old houses in the historic part of the town. Some of them were restored but some are still left as no one has returned or they don’t have the money. It should be of interest to all to keep Novigrad as beautiful and unique as it always was but. Fixing the streets after the winter digs should be the first step towards creating a beautiful and interesting destination.
So, for an interesting day trip or a day on a beach (sand beach near the hotel), Novigrad is a lovely destination. Just that view from the hill alone is worth the trip! Or just sit on the terrace and watch the Maslenički most bridge with Velebit in the background.